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No Filipinos in Bangladesh hijacking attempt – DFA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019

Security personnel stand guard outside of the hijacked aircraft of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines in the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram, Bangladesh February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Monday (February 25) that no Filipinos were on board the Biman Bangladesh flight that made an emergency landing following a hijacking incident on Sunday (February 24).

The DFA, citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, Flight BG-147 bound for Dubai made an emergency landing at Chattogram airport after an armed passenger attempted to hijack the plane minutes after takeoff.

The DFA on its bulletin said Bangladeshi Civil Aviation and Tourism Office Secretary Mohibul Haque, all 142 passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft.

According to a report from Reuters, Bangladeshi commandoes stormed the plane and shot the suspect who had said he had a personal issue with his wife and told the pilot he wanted to speak to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

He died later from the injuries suffered.

Before the commandos moved in, all 142 passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft, the officials said. — Marje Pelayo / Reuters

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Three Filipino tourists jailed in Hong Kong

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Courtesy : Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed giving assistance to three Filipino tourists who were sentenced to five-month imprisonment in Hong Kong for using forged documents.

According the DFA, the three call center employees were involved in a supposed “free Hong Kong tour” which turned out to be a scam.

They opened bank accounts, specifically with Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank, using falsified documents.

Despite successfully opening an account, authorities suspected that the accounts were to be used for money laundering activities and so arrested the three when they returned to the bank.

“Consul General Antonio Morales reported that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has been providing in-kind support and legal advice to the three Filipinos, including jail visits to ascertain their condition,” the DFA said.

Sentenced on February 18, the three Filipinos pleaded guilty to two counts of “using a false instrument” before the Hong Kong Magistrates’ Courts.

For this, Morales said the three are expected to be released in March after serving a reduced sentence for admitting the offense.

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OFW falls to death in Morocco after row with employer – DFA

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

A female Filipino worker died after falling from a third-floor apartment in Morocco, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday (June 24).

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipino died from injuries she sustained shortly after falling on Saturday.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family of a Filipina who fell to her death in Morocco on Saturday,” the department said in a statement.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, which has jurisdiction over Morocco, said the Filipina fell to her death while reportedly trying to escape from her employer’s apartment in Casablanca.

“Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato said the victim reportedly had an argument with her employer and then tried to escape using pieces of garment she tied together,” the DFA said.

The department added that authorities have already taken the employer into custody pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

A consular team has also been deployed to Morocco for the repatriation of the victim’s remains.

“The Embassy has dispatched a consular team to Casablanca to coordinate with authorities and arrange for the repatriation of the victim,” the DFA said.

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DFA: Hunt on for Kuwaiti cop accused of raping Filipina worker

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday assured it is now working with Kuwaiti authorities for the arrest of a police officer accused of raping a Filipina worker in Kuwait.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, is closely coordinating with Kuwaiti authorities for the speedy arrest of the suspect in the rape case involving a Filipina household service worker in Kuwait,” the agency said in a statement.

The suspect was identified as Fayed Naser Hamad Alajmy, 22.

According to Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Mohd Noordin Lomondot, Alajmy was identified as the one who assisted the Filipina worker for finger scanning registration at the airport when she arrived in Kuwait on June 4.

It was alleged that Alajmy later kidnapped and assaulted the victim.

Lomondot said a warrant of arrest has already been issued against the suspect.

The OFW’s employer is also cooperating with the embassy and local authorities in connection with the case.

“The Philippine Government will exert all efforts to ensure that justice is served,” the DFA said.

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